MCCC Security Officer Saves Grateful Co-Worker
An associate pastor at the Weslyan Church in Florence for the past five years, Wambach says that he draws on his pastoral training at these times. "I find myself playing a dual role. Sometimes I send up silent prayers while working on someone." Wambach has also served as a pastor in churches in Browns Mills, NJ, and Virginia.
Wambach has been an EMT at Mercer since he began working at the college six years ago. Previously he was a health and safety officer at Burlington County College, where he was originally asked to train as an EMT 13 years ago and willingly accepted. He has also been a volunteer on the Florence Rescue Squad, holding practically every post - president, vice president, "you name it," he said. "When I'm running with the squad, I'm not the guy up front flashing the lights. I'm the one in the back administering to the patient. I like to work hands-on." And living in a small community like Florence, "where everybody knows everybody, and everybody is related," Wambach gets to find out the end of the story once the patient is dropped off at the hospital.
Joe Lugo, the holiday season is looking particularly bright. Just one
month ago, Lugo's son Eddie, a Hamilton Township police officer, and his
wife, had a baby girl they named Madison. Proudly pointing to a photo
of his granddaughter posed in a Santa cap, Lugo said, "John saved
my life for this. I'm living for her and for the rest of my family."
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